1.4 Setting Up a Research Project

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Now that we’ve talked a bit about what open research means, let’s delve a little deeper and look at the research process itself. Here’s a list (by no means exhaustive!) of different things you need to consider when you’re setting up a research project:

Planning / Methodologies / Licensing / Ethics / Tools / Data / Evaluation / Dissemination & Communication

Activity 4: Advantages and Challenges of Open Research (20 minutes)

For each of the different activities/considerations you need to think about when conducting research, in what ways (if any) do you think you can be 'open'?

For example, what will happen to the data you collect as part of your research? Will you release the data with any research papers you write? Or will you make the data available once it’s been collected and analysed?

Choose two stages in the research process and use this Google Form to answer the following questions in relation to your chosen activity/consideration:

  • Do you think you can be 'open' at this stage in the research process?

  • In what ways do you think you can be 'open'?

  • What are the advantages of being 'open' at this stage in the research process?

  • What are the challenges of being 'open' at this stage in the research process?

  • How could you resolve any challenges?

Have a look at some of the responses from fellow participants and make a note of any questions or thoughts/ideas that you have. We’ll be returning to talk more about our examples, questions and the advantages and challenges of open research in Thursday’s Google Hangout.

If you do think of any other things you might need to consider when thinking about a research project or activity, please feel free to add them to the "Any further thoughts/comments" section of the form.

Please note that contributions submitted via Google forms can be viewed by anyone (e.g. they are public) and you may wish to use a moniker.


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